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Library Trials New Test Prep Program – BoardVitals

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Dana Medical Library is running a limited trial on the USMLE test portion of BoardVitals, an online test prep program that contains thousands of high quality board review questions. Here is how to sign up:

In order to use the program, you will create an account that will keep track of your progress. Individuals can register at BoardVitals Sign Up. You will then receive an email with a confirmation link. Click on this link and the question banks will be added to your account. Then go to the BoardVitals Login Page and sign in. You can then select a medical specialty and start studying.

Please let us know what you think! Send all comments, pro or con, to Jeanene Light so that we can determine if this is the best Test Prep Program for the library. Thank you!

Dana Survey asks, Who uses the library for What?

Library faculty and staff distributed surveys to everyone entering the Library for one hour at different times on each day. The survey asked visitors to state why they were using the Library and allowed them to select more than one activity. A total of 268 surveys were distributed with 243 patrons completing the questionnaire. Of those surveyed, 90% (219) came to the library to study or do coursework and many of those individuals used their personal laptops. The following chart reveals more survey details:

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As the chart above shows, our largest patron group was Medical Students (35%), followed by Other Undergraduate Students (28%). Our lowest Patron Group was UVM Med Center employees (2%). For Purpose of Visit, Study or Coursework (90%) was the most common reason and 70% of patrons preferred to use their laptops as opposed to the library computers.

Dana will use this information to plan programs and services at the Library. We will also compare this information with previous years’ patron studies and map trends in library usage. For more information, contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415.

June Workshops tackle vital resources and databases

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Dana Medical Library provides workshops focusing on important resources and databases each Wednesday throughout the month. Come check them out!

Introduction to EndNote

June 1, Noon – 1:00 pm: This beginning EndNote workshop will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLIS

PubMed: Basics & Beyond

June 8, Noon – 1:00 pm: Are your PubMed skills a little rusty? Come to this workshop and brush up on the basics such as using limits and MeSH headings to zero in on the results you need. We’ll move beyond the basics by answering whatever questions you have so come prepared to share! Instructor: Alice Stokes, MLIS

Searching CINAHL

June 15, Noon – 1:00 pm: This workshop will cover how to find high quality nursing and allied health information in CINAHL. In it, we’ll cover topics like advanced searching, how to use subject headings in your search, and how to fine-tune your results. Instructor: Fred Pond, MLS

Searching for Systematic Reviews

June 22, Noon – 1:00 pm: Systematic reviews summarize, appraise, and interpret evidence from healthcare research, primarily from journal articles. They can be the most efficient way to bring the results of clinical research into clinical decision making. This workshop will explore databases and methodologies for locating high-quality systematic reviews. Instructor: Donna O’Malley, MLS

Introduction to EndNote

June 29, Noon – 1:00 pm: This beginning EndNote workshop will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Gary Atwood, MSLIS

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Library Main Desk helps more than ever

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After carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff, Dana closed and removed its Reference Desk in January. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is still available through the Main Desk. In addition, the Main Desk now answers a variety of questions. Switching to a single service location maximizes library space and better serves patron needs while becoming the central point for help, information, and services at the Library. Stop at the Main Desk to find an e-journal or get started on a PubMed or CatQuest search on your topic!

Research Support

In 2015, the Main Desk staff encountered 1,840 reference questions and, in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March), the new single service Main Desk received 662 reference queries. Main Desk staff are now, more than ever, prepared to answer research questions. However, for more in-depth queries, staff can refer you to the on-call librarian.

Assistance from librarians is available on a walk-in basis 10 am to 4 pm each weekday. Or make an appointment on the Library’s webpage. Get focused attention for individual or group research.

Student Curriculum and Technical Support

The Main Desk is also the place to go for curriculum support. Access and place materials on reserve, request articles through electronic article delivery and interlibrary loan, gain support for research, get help with database navigation and reserve group study spaces.  Also, check out books, media and print journals and borrow supplies like ethernet & power cables, standup desks, white boards & markers, and headphones.

Get help with technology for printing, scanning, copying, public computers, wireless access, and referral to external IT support. In addition, the library has a lost and found and can provide emergency cleanup supplies.

Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is available help you with all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.

Workshop on How to Search Google Scholar

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016; Noon – 1:00 pm

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature with many irresistible features along with some definite challenges. Come learn how to make Scholar an important tool in your clinical or research toolkit. Instructor: Gary Atwood, MLIS

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.

Whiteboard Survey: Students Weigh-in on Study Space

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What kind of furniture would you like in this area? The choices were: Carrels, Lounge Chairs, Lounge Chairs with Laptop Desks, Round Tables, Rectangular Tables.

Comments or other suggestions?

The most popular response came from the Comments question. Twenty-one respondents indicated that they would prefer standing desks. The next most popular response was rectangular tables (19), followed by lounge chairs (9) and lounge chairs with desks (8). Only five people wanted to see carrels in this area. No one was a fan of round tables.

Other popular survey suggestions included a fish tank, massage chairs, and kittens and puppies. Another idea was to move all the chairs against the wall from the former Reference area, and fill in the center with tables.

As a result of the survey, we have rearranged the existing furniture as suggested and added another rectangular table. We are in the process of scheduling more visits from Tucker the therapy dog. And we are investigating using our mobile monitor to display a fish tank video when it is not in use elsewhere. Survey feedback will also inform future decisions about purchasing furniture for the Dana Library. As a reminder, the Main Desk has nine portable stand-up desks that can be checked out.

More questions or comments? Contact Lesley Boucher at 656-4404.

NLM Exhibit on the History of Drugs and Addiction now open at Dana

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Crack is Wack playground mural, Keith Haring, 1986 Courtesy © Keith Haring Foundation and Jonathan Kuhn/New York City Parks & Recreation

Through June 10th, The Dana Medical Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions. Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. For more information, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

May brings Dana Workshops on Systematic Reviews and More!

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Join us all month long in the Dana Classroom for Workshops on important library resources and databases!

Searching for Systematic Reviews Wednesday, May 4th, Noon – 1:00 pm

Systematic reviews summarize, appraise, and interpret evidence from healthcare research, primarily from journal articles. They can be the most efficient way to bring the results of clinical research into clinical decision making. This workshop will explore databases and methodologies for locating high-quality systematic reviews. Instructor: Donna O’Malley, MLS

Introduction to EndNote Wednesday, May 11th,  Noon – 1:00 pm

This beginning EndNote class will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLIS

How to Search Google Scholar Wednesday, May 25, Noon – 1:00 pm

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature with many irresistible features along with some definite challenges. Come learn how to make Scholar an important tool in your clinical or research toolkit. Instructor: Gary Atwood, MLIS

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.

Systematic Reviews 101: A New Workshop Series at Dana Medical Library

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Systematic reviews are an integral component of evidence-based healthcare, but they can be hard to define. According to the Cochrane Library, a systematic review “is a high-level overview of primary research on a particular research question that tries to identify, select, synthesize and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to that question in order to answer it.” (http://community-archive.cochrane.org/about-us/evidence-based-health-care) Like all quality research studies, the protocol used to conduct a systematic review must be spelled out in advance to minimize bias and to ensure that the review can be replicated by another group. Because of the rigor involved, systematic reviews can take several months to complete and usually involve two or more researchers. When done correctly, however, they can provide very reliable evidence for health care providers.

A quick search of PubMed shows that approximately 223 healthcare related systematic reviews have been completed here at the University of Vermont and more are ongoing. In an effort to support these projects, Dana Medical Library offered a series of three systematic review workshops this spring:

  • Introduction to Systematic Reviews – led by Donna O’Malley and Gary Atwood, provided an overview of the elements that make up a systematic review and some of the issues that researchers encounter.
  • Searching for Systematic Reviews – led by Donna O’Malley, showed researchers how to find existing systematic reviews for review.
  • Going Gray: How to Find Gray Literature – led by Nancy Bianchi and Gary Atwood, outlined the role that gray literature plays in the systematic review process and reviewed potential sources that researchers can search.

The workshops were attended by faculty members, researchers, and students – many of whom are either at the initial stages of their own systematic review or anticipating one in the not too distant future.

Given the positive reaction to this first round of systematic review workshops, the Reference Librarians at Dana hope to offer them again in the future. Of course, researchers can also contact their liaison for help with their own research in the meantime.

For more information contact Gary Atwood at 656-4488.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health at the University of Vermont

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Maasai patients, Tanzania

The Dana Medical Library has refreshed its Global Health exhibit! Continuing its exploration of the theme of global health at UVM, the exhibit takes a closer look at the programs that have developed in affiliation with UVM departments and colleges. With input from enthusiastic physicians, nurses, professors and students, the library has created a display that highlights the mission of global health initiatives on a broad scale as well as looks at the focus of each program. From physical therapy study abroad programs, global medical research projects, and missions to improve women’s health globally, this exhibit shows the breadth of what participants experience, the work that they strive to accomplish and the principles behind each mission.

Each of the four panels of the new exhibit highlight a different aspect of global health at UVM, beginning with its definition.

What is Global Health?

In the simplest terms, Global Health refers to the health and well-being of people and communities on a global level. It is the idea that the health of individuals and communities has a direct effect on the health of the world as a whole.

Global Health Anthropology

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Shanghai, China

Professor Jeanne Shea in the Anthropology Department has conducted research in China that combines anthropology and global health.  Her work explores issues that are intergenerational touching on topics about gender, health and healing, development and aging, and the lifecycle.

Women’s Health around the World

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Ultrasound, Tanzania

Dr. Anne Dougherty has established connections in Uganda and Tanzania working to “raise the standard of women’s healthcare globally through education, research and capacity building” and “develop(ing) skilled, culturally compassionate women’s health care providers here and abroad” (Dougherty).

Physical Therapy down under

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PT students in Australia

Professors Karen Westervelt and Sonya Worth have created a study abroad program that encourages the exchange of quality resources and education by partnering with Universities in Australia and New Zealand in the field of Physical Therapy.

Collaboration is at the root of these programs in global health. It is one that encourages the exchange of information. Physicians, nurses, students and professors, when they travel to other countries, collaborate with local hospitals, organizations, universities and health care professionals to determine what is needed to improve the health of their community or to encourage and broaden education globally.

Global Health Resources at Dana

Did you know that the library has a global health database available? Learn more about it in the exhibit.

The exhibit will remain up until the end of April. Enjoy!

Questions? Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.